I love opening day. Just hearing those words opens a floodgate of memories that puts a smile on my face.
Opening day officially brings to an end long winters and exhibition baseball, ushering in a new wave of excitement. Major League Baseball's first Opening Day took place in Philadelphia, where the Boston Red Caps defeated the Athletics, 6-5, on April 22, 1876 before just over 3,000 fans.
And so begins the 162 game long haul of a season and nearly seven months of infatuation with the game of baseball ��� a whirlwind of web gems (my favorite) and long balls, ups and downs, and the dog days of summer. I couldn���t be looking more forward to watching it all unfold.
To whet your appetite before it all starts on Sunday, here is a look back at some of the most memorable opening day moments:
April 16, 1940: At Comiskey Park, Cleveland's Bob Feller became the only pitcher ever to pitch an Opening Day no-hitter, beating the White Sox, 1-0.
April 15, 1947: At Ebbets Field, Jackie Robinson, hitless in three official at bats, became the first African-American to play in the majors as his Dodgers beat the Braves, 5-3.
March 29, 2000: The Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets, 5-3, in the first game of the Japan Opening Series 2000 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. It marked the first time in MLB history that a regular season game was played outside North America.
April 2, 2001: Tim Raines of the Montreal Expos pinch-hit in an Opening Day victory over the Chicago Cubs and became the 24th player to appear in four decades during his Major League career.
Were you lucky enough to snag tickets to opening day this year?